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Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Actor/director Tyler Perry and his longtime girlfriend Gelila Bekele welcomed their first son over Thanksgiving weekend. And they gave him a name that has meaning to them: Aman Tyler Perry.
Depending on your source, Aman is either a Hindi boys’ name meaning peace, or a variant spelling of Iman, an Arabic girls’ name meaning faith. Tyler and Gelila appear to adhere to the former, stating that the name was chosen to honor “the true meaning of Thanksgiving and then, of course, the holiday season.”
Tyler, of course, is in honor of Daddy. It’s an occupational name that means “maker of tilers”, and currently a top 100 name for boys, though it’s been used for girls as well.
Tell us: What do you think of Tyler and Gelila’s choices? Would you consider Aman for your son or daughter?
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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Reader Christie already has two girls and a boy—and is looking for the perfect name for her third daughter.
I am pregnant with my 4th child. This will be our 3rd girl, and we are having trouble finding a name we love. My other children are Austin, Sophia and Marlie (twins).
We don’t really want a popular name. And we have a tough last name to match with: Graham.
Some names we like, but not sure if we love are: Annalee, Cora, Coralee, Charlee (pronounced like Charlie). Also we are trying to stay away from M names, because we have a Marlie, and I have a stepdaughter Maddie.
We are considering Joy for a middle name, but it’s not set in stone.
I think Joy is a lovely middle name, and there are plenty of names that would sound great with your pick. Of the ones you’re considering, Cora would be my choice. (I’d nix Charlee, since it’s too close to Marlie, and you’ll end up calling them both the same name!) I like that hard C, which mirrors your name and the “a” ending like big sister Sophia. I think names with an “ine” or “yn” ending would also work beautifully. I’d consider Coraline, Clementine, Adeline, Evelyn, and Caroline.
Some other names with “C” that you could consider: Clara, Cordelia, Celeste, and Charity.
If you want to move away from the Cs, consider some other names that feature the softer sounds like your other children’s names. Some of my picks that’ll flow nicely with her big sisters and brother: Eliza, Eleanor, Juliet, Adelaide, and Annabel.
Of my suggestions, I’d go with Clementine Joy or Eliza Joy.
Now it’s your turn, readers: What names should Christie consider? What goes best with Austin, Sophia, Marlie, and Maddie?
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Monday, September 1st, 2014
It can be hard to find two names you love when you have twins on the way! That’s reader Stephanie’s dilemma:
My twins are due in October – a boy and a girl, and we have chosen Violet Kathryn for the girl’s name, but are at a loss of a boy’s name. We would like the middle name Joseph to honor a family member, but we haven’t fallen in love with any boy’s names! They will be joining big brothers Kieran Anthony and Grayson Alexander, and I want to find a boy name that pairs well with his bigger siblings as well as his sister. Any suggestions are welcome!
Finding the name for a third boy (who is also part of boy-girl twins) can be tricky. I like the idea of continuing your “ending in n” theme you have going on with the older boys, but I’d like to work that “v” in, to tie it in with his sister’s names.
I have a few favorites that could work in that area: My top choice is Gavin, a top 50 name that has a lovely meaning—white hawk—and was a knight of the Round Table. It’s similar in popularity to the other names you’ve used, and shares the two-syllable structure of your other boys’ names. If Gavin isn’t working for you, try Vaughn, a Welsh name that means “little,” and is currently just inside the top 1000 baby names. (If you’d rather make it more modern and sleek, try Von, a Norse name that means hope.)
The danger, of course, is choosing a name that’s too similar to Kieran or Grayson. I like Declan or Deacon, which add that hard “k” sound in the middle, to help this name stand out from the others in the sibling set. Or go in the other direction, with softer names that don’t have the hard Ks or Gs—names like Owen and Lennon. Other two-syllable names that aren’t quite as well known as the Aiden/Brayden/Jayden crew—and I think have a touch of cool—would be Alden, Edwin, Winston and Tristan.
You could also go with a name that ends in “T,” to link your son with his sister. I like August, Barrett, Dermot, Everett, Prescott, and Rupert. (Rupert’s my absolute favorite of these, but I love Violet and Everett as a sibling set!)
Okay, readers, your turn! What should Stephanie name baby boy #3? Share your thoughts in the comments. And if you have a great baby name dilemma, send it my way at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you could see it answered here. Do your own baby name spelunking with our Baby Name Finder, and keep up with the very latest in baby names by liking In Name Only on Facebook.
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Monday, August 25th, 2014
When two celebs pick the same baby name within a few weeks of each other, we need to pay attention. Two years ago, it was Camden that was the big hit, picked by both Nick Lachey and Kristin Cavallari. This year, it’s Saint, picked by two different rock stars: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Grohl, and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.
Saint could be a unisex name, but on the Social Security lists, it only showed up for boys—and only 22 boys bore the name last year. It has that virtuous vibe, like names like Hope and Faith, but feels much fresher. And compared to some of the more wild word names that stars have picked for their kids in recent years, like Rainbow, Apple, and the like, this one feels more wearable to me. (Perhaps it’s because musician St. Vincent, who performed with Grohl and Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show, also goes by the name.) But a word of warning: Your devoutly religious grandmother may not approve of taking this title, given to those officially recognized as holy, and giving it to your brand new baby.
While Pete Wentz put it in the front spot, giving his son the moniker Saint Lazslo, I’d prefer it in the middle spot, where Dave Grohl placed it for his new daughter, Ophelia Saint. For girls, I like this crisp middle with a very feminine first name, like Emily, Cordelia or Rosalind. For boys, try names like Dexter and Harrison. For both sexes, I’d avoid putting it in the first spot with the name of a very popular saint in the middle: Saint Joseph, Saint Elizabeth, Saint Anne, Saint Luke.
Tell us: Do you think Saint is a wearable choice, or is it a little too irreverent for your taste?
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Monday, August 25th, 2014
TV personality (and Dancing With the Stars finalist) Stacy Keibler and her husband, Jared Pobre, picked a name that will never end up on any wacky celebrity name list. In fact, they picked a name that you’re very likely to hear around the playground: Ava Grace.
Ava means “life,” and after nearly bottoming out on the baby name popularity charts in the 1980s, it began a sharp rise to its current #5 slot back in the mid 1990s. (My guess is that it rose hand in names like Emma and Olivia, as it bears the same simple feminine charm.)
Grace is a virtue name that’s never gone out of style, though it’s currently experiencing a huge resurgence, and is at #22. (If its use as a middle name was factored in, it’d probably be in the top 10 baby names.
All in all, Stacy and Jared picked a lovely and timeless name for their daughter.
Tell us: Do you know an Ava Grace? And have you considered either of those names for a daughter?
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